What is a Registered Dietitian?

There are many nutritionists and nutritional professionals who offer nutrition consulting services. Registered dietitians (dieticians) also offer nutritional services; however, these practitioners are regulated by the college of dietitians and they have a license that is also regulated in Ontario. This week, Mint Nutrition Clinic is focusing on the differences  between a nutritionist and a registered dietitian. 

What is the difference? 

There are many nutritionists in Ontario; however, a registered dietitian is a regulated professional in Canada, and only an individual with this specific license can be titled a registered dietitian. Therefore, their advice is thought to be more accurate and safe. Also, their treatment plans follow recommendations by dietitians of Canada, while being focused on high-quality research and evidence. This is one of the main reasons that makes their service more expensive for the client. 

Therefore, seeing a registered dietitian is recommended more often than a nutritionist in Ontario. They are regulated professionals with a specific license. They are also more likely going to follow an evidence based approach, reducing the overall risk for the client. They also have the power to provide meal plans and diet plans, while being able to tailor treatment plans to meet the needs of various clients who suffer from certain diseases (such as diabetes, IBS, heart disease, GERD, etc).

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